Brendhan, I agree with Rob, those are good questions.
During my first year with beekeeping, learning about AFB seemed the most important bee issue to learn about. But, then it seemed that it changed the focus to varroa destructor. I have not had any issues with AFB, maybe a little EFB last year, but that was shortlived and gone away fast. The mites are the issues that I think most beekeepers are really struggling with these days. Haven't heard much about AFB around here either. Have a wonderful day, beauty of our lives we live. Cindi